June 04, 2004

Who needs Es, 144MHz tropo to EA8 2800km

Sorry abt not blogging, I had a virus on this PC which took huge amounts of time to resolve, thanks Dave G7RAU for all your time on this.

Unfortunately it beat us and a full XP re-load was necessary.

On the 2nd June there was great tropo which came as a big surprise as there had been no trace of the normally reliable EA1VHF beacon...(it later transpired that it had lost power and was QRT!).

I had tried a couple of QSO's to the north of Spain at lunchtime via sked and these showed there was no tropo at 13:00UTC but later on 22:00 the tropo opened up.

At 22:28 EA8BPX was 53 here for a QSO and I heard EA8BVU briefly but didn't complete.

Various stations via ON4KST chat and EA1 QSP'd to Alex (RW1ZC/MM) and we tried a CW sked, Alex heard pings from me so we tried FSK but no QSO to IM21.

On 3rd June ( my birthday) there is often an Es opening but the Sun has been too active recently. Yesterday's tropo appeared to have closed so I set about tidying all the cables and organising the shack better, when I finally switched back on at 16:27 I made a quick call to see if the radio was all connected again ok and EA8TJ replied 59/59 2600km!

The log then looks like:

16:28 EA1TA IN53si 59+20dB
16:32 EA8BPX IL18 2600km
16:32 CT1ANO
16:34 EB1EHO
16:37 CT1DYX Pedro set up another cw sked for me with Alex who was now in IM23.....
16:54 RW1ZC/MM 529 549 IM23wb Alex, 2032km Excellent!!!!!!

Then random a while later as signals continued to improve....

17:16 RW1ZM/MM 55 57 IM23wb Vasili 2032km

So just as signals were getting really good I had to go out and put in fence posts for the local horse gymkahna with my tractor which was a pleasant evening but I do wonder if I missed CT3HF who was spotted on the cluster later.

By the time I got back the duct had closed to beyond EA1. Stations in IN53 were still 59++ as was the beacon which is back on now albeit with T6 tone.

Must try to blog on the same day in future!!

Tim.

Posted by Tim at June 4, 2004 12:13 PM
Comments

Nice to see that the move went well Tim and that you are QRV once again. The G4LOH station looks good and it would seem to be doing a sterling job so far. Have a good season on 2m!

All the very best from Shipley, West Yorkshire.

73,

Rick Leach M1RAL

Posted by: Rick Leach at June 7, 2004 07:11 PM